Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)

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Movie Info

This tuneful melodrama is set during the height of the Jazz Age and presents a lively and realistic view of life in swinging Kansas City, where gangsters ruled and bathtub gin flowed like water.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Warner Bros.

Cast

Jack Webb
as Pete Kelly
Janet Leigh
as Ivy Conrad
Edmond O'Brien
as Fran McCarg
Peggy Lee
as Rose Hopkins
Andy Devine
as George Tenell
Lee Marvin
as Al Gannaway
Ella Fitzgerald
as Maggie Jackson
Martin Milner
as Joey Firestone
Jayne Mansfield
as Cigarette Girl
Than Wyenn
as Rudy
Herb Ellis
as Bedido
John Dennis
as Guy Bettenhouser
Mort Marshall
as Cootie Jacobs
Nesdon Booth
as Squat Henchman
John Booth
as Guy Bettenhouser
Dick Cathcart
as Cornetist
Matty Matlock
as Clarinetist
Moe Schneider
as Trombonist
Eddie Miller
as Saxophonist
George Van Eps
as Guitarist
Nick Fatool
as Drummer
Jud de Naut
as Bass Player
'Snub' Pollard
as Waiter in Rudy's
Joe Venuti
as Featured Members of the Tuxedo Band
Harper Goff
as Featured Members of the Tuxedo Band
Perry Bodkin
as Featured Members of the Tuxedo Band
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Critic Reviews for Pete Kelly's Blues

All Critics (2)

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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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Full Review… | August 7, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Tedious but well-photographed atmospheric jazz pic from the Prohibition era.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Like Love Me or Leave Me, also made in 1955, Webb's film is set in the golden age of Prohibition, mixing crime-gangster drama with great jazz music by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee, who received a Supporting Oscar nomination.

Full Review… | December 29, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

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Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for Pete Kelly's Blues

Likely the most stylish and mainstream movie coming from Jack Webb, and it works better than most of his work. A lot of credit has to be given to Peggy Lee, who is wonderful and gives a very memorable Academy Award nominated performance. Andy Devine is very effective in a role not at all typical of him. Great score. The period detail is lacking though. Overall it is well produced.

James Higgins
James Higgins

68/100. Likely the most stylish and mainstream movie coming from Jack Webb, and it works better than most of his work. A lot of credit has to be given to Peggy Lee, who is wonderful and gives a very memorable Academy Award nominated performance. Andy Devine is very effective in a role not at all typical of him. Great score. The period detail is lacking though. Overall it is well produced.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

**1/2 (out of four) Peggy Lee is the highlight of this look at the early Jazz scene in Kansas City. Jack Webb and Janet Leigh also star as they clash with mobsters during the time of prohibition. The melodrama his a bit too heavy.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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